Converting between video formats helps increase the compatibility of a file. The DVR-MS format is used, primarily, by Windows software when it records live TV streams. To convert a DVR-MS file, you need a video encoder that is capable of converting between a wide variety of formats. FFmpeg, like a lot of programs for Linux, is best operated from the command line. FFmpeg comes pre-installed on many Linux distributions and can be easily set-up if not. FFmpeg can convert between almost any video format you wish.
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Open your Linux Terminal emulator. Access to this differs depending on your Linux distribution, so check your distribution's documentation if you are unsure.
Type "ffmpeg -i /path/to/your/file.dvr-ms -vcodec copy -acodec copy /path/to/your/newfile.xxx" (without quotation marks).
Replace "path/to/your/file" with the location and file name of your DVR-MS file you need to convert.
Replace "path/to/your/newfile" with the designated location and file name of your converted file. Replace "xxx" with the file format that you want to convert your video to.
Press "Enter" to begin the conversion. DVR-MS are high-quality video files; therefore, depending on the video length and your system specifications, the conversion could several hours to perform.
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